Can’t draw?  Neither can I!  So I frequently use shape tools built into the Artistic Digitizer program to create designs for embroidery.  These shapes can stay as they are or can be edited/skewed to create a new shape.  This is the easiest way to create my own shapes that are specific to what I require for an embroidery.

Open your Artistitc Digitizer program and create a new workspace.  On the left side of the screen you will see the shapes tool.  shapes toolMove the cursor over the shapes tool to see the fly out menu to see all the different shapes.  All of these can be easily edited to create unique designs.

Start by selecting the trapezoid shape tool. trapezoid tool Move the cursor to the workspace and click/hold/drag/release the mouse to place the shape on the worktable.

With the selection tool, slection toolclick on the shape to select it.  Use the paint fill tool and the outline edge tool to color your design.

color tools
tree trunk

Use this simple shape and repeat it several times to make a stylized tree design.  While the design is selected, click on the word ‘duplicate’ in the properties box at the top of the screen.

trapezoid properties box

Duplicate this several times and move each segment to a new position to create the overall shape of a tree.  Color each of the elements any color you wish to use.

trapezoid tree

Click on the edit nodes tool edit nodes on the left side of the screen.  Click on each shape of the trapezoid to select it with the edit tool and then drag the nodes to a new position to create a different shape.

trapezoid shapes edited

Click on any shape with the selection tool and then set the fill and edge stitch properties in the properties box at the right.  Experiment with the various stitch types in the drop down menu.

stitch properties box

Be as creative as you can by applying different properties and editing the shapes until you are happy with the results.

trapezoid tree textured

Be sure to watch the built in videos in the Artistic Digitizer program on the opening screen to see how each of  the shape tools can be edited for your use in creating free form designs.


This post is a republish of one written by former Janome Canada, Yvonne Menear. Thanks, Yvonne! Ed.

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Janome HQ’s Instagram LIVE TODAY, WEDNESDAY 1pm EST

Join us LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page every Wednesday afternoon for our series, “Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour” as we highlight a different machine in the Janome line. From entry level to Top of the Line; embroidery machines; longarm quilting machines; sergers and MORE, including some fabulous partner products to compliment those machines!

What machine and Janome goodies will we talk about this week? It’s a MYSTERY so you must tune in each week for the big reveal! Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored in the IGTV icon on the Janome HQ Instagram Page and later posted as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

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Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page and click on link HERE for more information on our ONLINE classes!

Write me at (copy and paste in a new browser) for more information about eventual on-site classes (when it’s safe) at The Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON; Janome Canada’s Head Quarters.

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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THANK YOU for Sharing the LOVE of Sewing!

I’ve often said that quilters/ sewists/ crafters are generous by nature, and indeed, many of us get started as a means to make a special gift for someone special in our lives, or to donate to a special cause we’d like to support.

A HUGE, extra-special THANK YOU goes out to everyone who sew generously donated to help share the love of sewing with those in need!

A few months back we shared the exciting news that Janome Canada had partnered with a fabulous Canadian organization, I Love First Peoples, who’s mandate is to empower and enrich the lives of children in remote Indigenous communities across the country.

One of the programs very near and dear to our hearts is the Sew and Sew Program; sharing and teaching the love of sewing with a new generation of budding young sewists and quilters. Janome Canada is donating a number of brand new, beautiful Janome 2030 QDC machines, and we put out a call asking for donations of much-needed sewing supplies to go along with those machines.

If you’re a regular follower of Janome Life, you’ve seen the many posts related to this initiative, but for a review, click on this link HERE. and be sure to check out our Janome Canada website for more information, as well.

3 of our Janome Dealers acted as drop-off locations:

Alliston Sewing Machine Service in Alliston, ON, for more information click HERE.

The Sewing Cafe in Georgetown, ON, for more information click HERE.

Triangle Sewing Centre in Guelph, ON, for more information click HERE.

I’ve been absolutely blown away with the amount of donations collected! I had to make several trips to each store and thank goodness I upgraded to a bigger car as it was often stuffed to the hilt! lol!

Donations were also dropped off in person at the Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON and mailed in from across Canada. I especially loved the hand-written notes and cards so thoughtfully included with some of the donations. I truly wasn’t expecting those! Thank you!

Now that the donation drive has officially come to an end (May 31st) I’ll begin to go through all the bags and boxes to separate all the notions, fabric, thread, etc, though some have already given me a head start!


Click on the link HERE to see a little video I made of the donations collected a few weeks ago but there’s already been an additional 2 car loads of donations added since! It’s going to be great fun going through everything, especially knowing how everything sent will be sew appreciated and put to good use! I can’t wait to see what the kids make with their new Janome 2030 QDC machines and all these fabulous goodies!

Look for updates of the sorting process and for updates of the Sew and Sew Program in the coming weeks!

On behalf of Janome Canada, THANK YOU SEW MUCH for your generous donations and for sharing the LOVE!

Happy Sewing!

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Put your Artistic Digitizer software to good use: Part 2 of our Digitized In-the-Hoop Eye/Sleep Mask



You can leave the eye mask plain without text if you wish. These were pale pink satin with minkee backing. Ed. 

Welcome back! On 7 June, we posted part 1 about how to digitize an “in the hoop” project using Artistic Digitizer software. Today we are going to stitch out our digitized creation, and see what needs to be tweaked or edited.

First you want to send your design to your machine. You can do that three ways: direct connection, USB or wifi. For more details on that click here.

Once your design is there, open it up and hoop your stabilizer. Next, stitch out your placement stitch.

Now that you know where your fabric is supposed to go, you can lay it down and stitch the tack down stitch. You may want to stiffen your fabric slightly if using a satin or something else slippery. You can use a spray like Terial magic, Best press or you could press a lightweight iron-on interfacing onto the back of the fabric. Also, you can spray the back of your fabric with Artistic Temporary Adhesive Spray to help adhere it to the stabilizer. After you have tacked down your fabric, stitch the eyelids of your eyes.

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Then add eyelashes! You can change your thread colour here if you like.

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Now it’s time for the lettering. I switched my threads from a Madeira PolyNeon to a Madeira Metallic, it’s such a lovely thread to work with. And it didn’t break once!! I did however reduce the stitching speed of the machine while using the metallic thread. Look how pretty it turned out!

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Once I finished the lettering, I realized that I didn’t duplicate my placement stitch for the elastic, or change the thread colors for the stitching to attach the backing. So once the first set of placement stitches were done, I quickly stopped the machine and went back to the beginning of that segment to do the tack down stitches.

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After the elastic was stitched in place, I pinned it with a straight pin so that it didn’t get caught in the backing fabric stitching. Then I placed some lovely double plush fabric on top of everything and stitched, making sure that an opening was left for turning.

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Now all that’s left is to remove the project from the hoop, trim according to your initial placement line, turn and topstitch!

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I even was able to catch a few modeled pictures for you 🙂 Click here to watch the stitch-out in action on the video.

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This is Fiona, my 10 year old Grey Tabby. She sleeps in my sewing room all day long.


This is Snickers, our 1-year old Lab mix. She was very awake during this photo shoot, she kept trying to eat the sleep mask lol!

Thanks for creating and sewing along with me this week, I hope you had fun learning something new.

Until next time,


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Janome Canada Partners with Skills Canada June 15th, 2021

Reminder………… this event is in 2 days time.

Once again Janome Canada is proud to partner with Skills Canada! This amazing, free virtual event focuses on the opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies. Focusing on the 9 Essential Skills this event will help guide the future of Canada’s trades. An amazing opportunity for High School, Post Secondary students and Apprentices!

Make a Fresh Start! – The 2021 Skills Canada Virtual
Event is for anyone looking to forge a new path in life.
This year has presented challenges for all. As a result, some of
us have had to make hard decision, reexamine our selves and
the opportunities around us. It could be you, a post-secondary
students or neighbor that is thinking about making a fresh start
but is having hard time finding the right path.
Janome Canada is proud to support the 2021 Skills Canada event
that holds competitions and workshops on in-demand industries
and trades. Everything from plumbing to fashion design is
covered. This years FREE event is Virtual and all are welcome to
join and explore, the possibilities.
Competition Hall – Visit the for 45 skill areas and find highlight
videos, photos, and more! Also, check out various demonstrations
and speak with industry professionals within each skill area.
Learn more and register for FREE today for the 2021 Skills
Canada Virtual Event at Scvnc.Vfairs.Ca


Contest and Prizes
Need more reasons to attend. Earn points by learning about the
skilled trades and technologies for your chance to win fabulous
prizes including: An all expense paid trip for two to Vancouver,
Nintendo Switch prize pack and a GoPro Hero

Participants will be able to engage with industry and educational representatives. As well as watch competitors from all across Canada strive for media placement!

You can read more about the event and register here.

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Quilt Canada 2021 – Goes “Virtual” June 16 – 19, 2021

ANYONE can attend as it is a virtual show. See below for more information.

Janome Canada is excited to be a part of Quilt Canada 2021. As the show’s major sponsor, this show promises to deliver on what you need. Join virtual classes and demonstrations from across Canada in this not to be missed virtual event

Registration for both members and non-members is now open. Sign up early, the 2021 Quilt Canada virtual classes are filling up quickly. Registration ends June 15, 2021.

A single “Entry Pass” gives you access to all 3 days of the conference (June 16 – 19) and with your purchased “Entry Pass” attendees can also register for the extra presentations and virtual classes. 

Click on the items below for more information:

Virtual Sessions, Lectures and Demonstrations


With your paid attendee fee you can also attend the Janome Canada merchant booth for exclusive “Show Specials” and fantastic offers on sewing and quilting machines.

Have questions? 
Feel free to join the chat room and speak directly to our Janome  show representatives. Representatives will be on hand to answer your questions from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm (EST). 
As part of the virtual event Janome Canada, Michael Smith will be hosting FREE live demonstrations on the Continental M7 the new Quilt Maker Pro 20 and more.

> Click here for Janome virtual demonstrations times.

We are excited to be a part of this show and look forward to meeting you virtually at the Quilt Canada 2021 show.

This quilt was made last year and is featured with FULL PDF INSTRUCTIONS on our website. We would have displayed this quilt at Quilt Canada this year (but as we can’t) so we are showing it here and are inviting you to go to this link to see more and download the instructions if you feel inspired to make something similar. We called it our Sunshine Sampler quilt. FYI Instructions are available in both English and French.


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Saturday Sewing: Upcycling/remaking a pair of adult yoga pants into horse riding pants for a 9 year old.

This little girl recently had her 9th birthday. On the birthday wish list was a pair of pants for horse riding. She is passionate about horses and will be going to a Horse riding camp this summer so it was time to kit her out.
I took a pair of adult yoga pants which I had previously made for myself and asked her to put them on. A bit comical as they were, of course, much too big for her. But I used my magic clips and a chalk pen to mark her size so that I’d know how much to cut off when I got back home to my Janome machines. I then cut the outer leg seam completely off (no need to unpick that serging!) and opened the leg fabric out flat.
I had some fairly thick knit fabric with a texture that I thought would work for the “patches” on the inseams. I tested out some stitches first to see what would look good to sew the patches to the black double knit fabric. I looked at a pair of store bought jodhpurs (see pic below) and in the end settled on an appliqué stitch ( blanket stitch) but I flipped it/mirror image with the straight stitch away from the edge of the patch and the “teeth” of the blanket stitch pointing outwards but stopping at the edge of the fabric. As the fabric was almost like faux suede, it won’t unravel so this stitch will work
The patch on the store bought pants.
I guess Nanna forgot to tell her to smile for this pic. Our little gymnast is showing what she will be wearing on a horse. Yes, she is also quite the little gymnast. I marvel at her suppleness and energy……that’s what nanna’s get to do.
And a close up.

We have one very pleased little girl who is looking forward to her Horse Riding camp.

The Janome Mc15000 (Acufeed flex foot) and Janome FA4 serger were used to sew these pants. The FA4 serger with its free arm was wonderful for attaching those cuffs at the skinny little ankles! Seams were serged with 4 thread overedge stitch on the serger. Wide elastic was attached at the waist with the elastic stitch on the sewing machine. Of course, any number of our Jnaome sewing machines and sergers would have worked for this type of project.

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Sewing Buttons can be Fun with the Janome M7!

I’m a quilter and I don’t do clothing repairs, but…I don’t mind sewing buttons on garments or other items because it’s so fun to do with the Janome M7.

Janome M7 fullI’ve got to admit that I find it fascinating and almost magical how easy it is to sew a button on clothing with the Janome M7.

I recently had to sew buttons on a shirt for my son and I wasn’t looking forward to this time-consuming task (I had to sew all the buttons on the front of the shirt) until I remembered that the Janome M7 could do it for me. Sewing the buttons on by machine was so quick and accurate. I’m not sure if the best part was how fast I could sew all the buttons on with the Janome M7 or how neat they looked on the back of the fabric – much nicer than when I sew on buttons by hand.

Jamie's shirt with buttons - 1

Maybe the best part is that everything you need to sew on buttons is included when you buy the Janome M7. The zigzag or regular needle plate and the T foot are what you’ll need to use when doing this task.

Janome M7 T foot on machine - 1

There is also a button shank plate that you can use if you want to create or have a shank already on your button. I didn’t need this piece but it’s nice to know that if I need to sew on these types of buttons, that accessory is there for me.

Janome button shank accessory - 1

To get ready to sew on the buttons, I installed the zigzag needle plate. This is so easy to do with the Janome M7 and it’s another useful but also fun setting on the machine. Just a couple of touches on the display screen and the needle plate lifts up and I can change it out quickly.

Next, I put on the T foot. This is a little foot that is easily recognizable due to its blue colour. After I’ve done these two things, the Janome M7 is all set up for some button sewing.

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There’s a special Button menu on the Janome M7 (could it get any easier?!). You can find it by pressing on the t-shirt icon on the main display screen and then scrolling through until you see the choice labelled as “Button” on the second page.

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Once I was in the Button menu, I set the width of the zigzag stitch so that the stitches will fit in the holes in the button. Once that was done, I was able to stitch each button with the same settings as the spacing between the holes was the same on each button.

Janome M7 Button screen regular - 1

To see the entire process, including how to set up the stitch width when sewing on a button, click here. I tried out a new idea to keep the button in place when stitching it on that I think you’ll find helpful – I certainly did!

YT Thumbnail Janome M7 Button

Now, rather than dreading sewing on buttons by hand, I’m looking forward to having the Janome M7 do this task for me.

Happy creating from Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts, a Janome Canada Artisan in Calgary, Alberta.



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Janome Canada Partners with Skills Canada June 15th, 2021

Once again Janome Canada is proud to partner with Skills Canada!

This amazing, free virtual event focuses on the opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies. Focusing on the 9 Essential Skills this event will help guide the future of Canada’s trades. An amazing opportunity for High School, Post Secondary students and Apprentices!

Participants will be able to engage with industry and educational representatives. As well as watch competitors from all across Canada strive for media placement!

You can read more about the event and register here.

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As we have just had another free trial of the Artistic Digitizer software which ended on 31st May, we thought we would republish some posts that were written by a former Janome Educator, Yvonne Menear, to give you even more support for your software support. There is special pricing currently on the software if you decide to purchase BY JUNE 15th. Here is a link to more information about the sale pricing. (Please remember we are Janome Canada so if you live outside of Canada, you will need to check with your Janome dealer where you live for the pricing options for your country.) Ed.

Get funky with fonts using the Artistic Digitizer software!  Fonts don’t have to be boring.  You can get as creative as you want with the editing capacity of the Artistic Digitizer software.

Open your Artistic Digitizer program and create a new design work space.  Click on the Text tool text toolfrom the toolbar on the left side of the screen to create your lettering.  Choose a font type and type in text of your choice.  I used all capital letters and typed the word ‘JANOME’ onto the edit box.  Using the drop down menu for the envelope feature I chose envelope #8.  The program automatically positions the text you chose to fill the envelope area.

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This is a quick and easy way to add interest to the text rather than just a straight line of letters.  Not all fonts stitch well.  I have found that capital letters in a boxy style stitches well compared to some fancy script text.  You will need to test your selection to see if it stitches well for you.

Click on the select toolslection tool to select the entire text message.  Once it is selected, right click>break apart.  This will separate the letters so each letter can be edited separately from the others. Click on every other letter and change the color of the letters with the fill color tool fill colorat the bottom of the screen.  By changing the color of each of the letters the machine will stop and clip the threads between each letter so you don’t have tiny jump stitches to deal with.

color every other letter

Using the selection tool, click on the ‘J’ of the text and then move the cursor over to a corner handle of  the selection box and drag it outwards and upwards to enlarge just the individual letter.  This will emphasize the word more without changing the envelope created.  The wavy flow of letters stays the same.

resize one letter

Click on the text tool text toolto select it and add another line of text below the first line.  Create this line as a standard straight line of text without any added editing features.


Click on the selection tool slection toolto select the entire word.  Once it is selected, right click>break apart.  Now each of the letters can be edited separately.   Color each letter a different color as we did above.fill color  You can click and drag the selection handles on each letter or use the edit dialogue box at the top of the screen to move/skew the letters to any placement you wish to have.

edit handles to change text shapes

To add letters to an existing design with a different font style, simply click on the letter you want to replace and delete it.  Now click  on the text tool again and type the single letter you want to replace with a different font style.  Color it and edit its shape and rotation like you did with the previous letters.

edit font selection
font replacement

There are so many ways to get creative with the Artistic Digitizer software when creating text.  Be sure to watch the built in videos on the opening screen of Artistic Digitizer to learn all about the ways you can use the edit tools to change your text designs.  The videos are a great reference tool!


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